Discrimination and Rights

Authored by: Peter Vallentyne

The Routledge Handbook of the Ethics of Discrimination

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138928749
eBook ISBN: 9781315681634
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315681634.ch10

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Abstract

Discrimination can create serious injustices—ones for which there is often a moral duty to reduce or counteract the associated harms. Nonetheless, I claim that there is no kind of non-moralized discrimination for which there is a general moral right not to be discriminated against by private citizens. All that matters for justice is that people get their fair share of resources (including social resources, such as opportunities) and this is compatible with being subject to discrimination.

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